Thursday, November 21, 2013

Graphing Update and Throwback Thursday - Talking Turkey With a Freebie!

We followed up our cranberry lesson yesterday by making bar graphs.  It was interesting to see the variety of understanding they had.  I didn't teach them how to make a bar graph today, I just asked them to use the data to draw a bar graph so I could see what they remembered from their past experiences. Here are their graphs.

Also, I can't do these projects with my kiddos this year since I rolled up with the same students, but I figured I could show last year's as a "Throwback Thursday" in case you are looking for some more ideas for Thanksgiving next week.

This week we were inspired by this book to write a persausive paper pleading with readers not to eat turkey for Thanksgiving.

We pretended we were the kids in the book, and are working on persausive essays asking people not to eat turkeys for Thanksgiving.

Our school uses Write From The Beginning, but I have found it challenging for my students to use the circle map and tree map to write an essay - it just wasn't scaffolded enough for them.  So, I created graphic organizers for this prompt - and so far it is working great!  I can really find the areas that they need help on, and it has helped focus the students as writers.

Here are a few samples of the graphic organizers from today - 

And the final product:

I have the packet on sale in my Teachers Pay Teachers store here or in my Teachers Notebook store here if you would like to try them with your students.

I also have a FREEBIE!

We Are Thankful Writing Prompt and Craftivity FREEBIE
We are Thankful Craftivity and Writing Prompt.

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